2019 TIFF Movie Review: THERE IS SOMETHING IN THE WATER (Canada 2019) ****

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The injustices and injuries caused by environmental racism in her home province, in this urgent documentary on Indigenous and African Nova Scotian women fighting to protect their communities, their land, and their futures.

Directors:

Ian DanielEllen Page

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, JUNO star Ellen Page does right to bring audiences to the awareness of environmental racism in her home province in this urgent documentary on Indigenous and African Nova Scotian women fighting to project their communities, their land, and their futures. Based on Ingrid Waldron’s incendiary study, the film follows Page as she travels to rural areas of the province that are plagued by toxic fallout from industrial development.

  She interviews Ingrid, Louise Shelburne and Michele, other activists in Nova Scotia.  The devastation of places such as Boat Harbour, once a sanctuary for Indigenous people, now plagued by toxins spewed by a pulp and paper mill is recorded in images and on drawings on screen.  Page tackles the problem head on but simply and effectively.  

The film includes segments where the government and companies talk but do nothing.  There is a clip of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just saying: “Thank you for telling us your problem.”  A remarkable simple and extremely powerful documentary.  I did not expect not expect to be moved to tears.

Trailer: (unavailable)

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